Rules for the Writing Competition


Second and third-year law students whose cumulative class standing is in the top 33% of their respective class are eligible to participate in the Summer Write-On Competition.

Maximum Length

6 pages, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-font, Times New Roman.

No Outside Research

Both your reasoning and your citations are limited to the sources provided, and those internally referenced within, to the extent they were used within.

Individual Work

The memorandum and citation exercise must be entirely your own work. Do not discuss your work with other people having associations with the legal profession (i.e. law students, lawyers, paralegals, professors, etc.). Under no circumstance may you receive help regarding the form or substance of either the memorandum or the citation exercise.

Entry Numbers

To preserve anonymity, entrants must contact Julie Fehrenbacher in Student Services after July 1 via e-mail, phone (503-370-6704), or in person to obtain an entry number. Julie will not be available to supply entry numbers until after July 7. Final memorandums and citation exercises must be identified solely by entry number.


Entries may be submitted to student services via fax, e-mail, traditional postal mail, or hand-delivered to the Law Review office as follows.


  • Send to
  • Send entries as MS Word attachments (.doc or .rtf). Attachments must be identifiable only by entry number.
  • Entry attachments will be separated from the transmitting e-mail before copies are forwarded to the committee, to preserve anonymity.


  • Fax to 503-370-6375. Please indicate Law Review Entry - Attention: Julie Fehrenbacher.
  • Please include a cover page, which will be removed from the entry before copies are forwarded to the Note & Comment Editors.

Mail or Overnight

Julie Fehrenbacher

Willamette Law Review

245 Winter St SE, Salem, OR 97301

Mailed entries must be received by 4 p.m. PDT on July 20, 2007. Postmarks will NOT be honored.


The Law Review must receive your memorandum by 4 P.M. PDT on Friday, July 20, 2007.


The Writing Competition consists of two parts, the citation exercise and the memorandum. The decisions of the Law Review Writing Competition Committee will be final.

Honor Code

By submitting your materials, you acknowledge and are bound by the Willamette University College of Law Honor Code.

The Bluebook

The Writing Competition follows the citation and stylistic rules provided in the 18th Edition of the Harvard Bluebook (available at your friendly neighborhood library, law library, or bookstore).


You must submit your entry with your assigned number. Your entry may not contain any reference otherwise identifying you.

Judging Criteria

Your entry will be judged based upon the following criteria, in no particular order: Legal Analysis; Clarity; Organization; Proper Citation and Grammar; and Conformance with the Rules.

Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns about the competition, feel free to contact: